These folks thought that ladybugs were in their house, but it ended up being much more complicated than that.
There is no question that many individuals consider lady bugs to be cute. Moreover, there are even some people that consider them to be good luck.
However, there are certain species of ladybugs that you do not want. People that live in Central Texas, Minnesota, and many other parts of the country have found Asian lady beetles in their homes. Unlike regular ladybugs, this species will bite.
This is because Asian lady beetles do not come from Texas or any other part of the United States. Instead, these insects are originally from Japan, and they were intentionally bred to control pests in that area.
The population of Asian ladybug has grown tremendously since the 1960s. They are not only a nuisance, but in many cases, they can have an adverse effect on the quality of life.
They tend to hide in buildings during the fall and winter and they will leave yellow stains everywhere they go. While they do not carry disease, nor do they infest buildings like termites or cockroaches, they can cause a serious allergic reaction in some people.
If you work in the grape industry, you will want this ladybug species gone as quickly as possible. This species of ladybug is also very bad about infesting gardens, especially those that have groves of apple trees. When the Asian ladybug cannot find aphids, which is their preferred food source, they will fly to their alternate source, which would be apples. However, there is good news in this area as well.
These ladybugs will only attack apples that already have an open wound, so you should be as diligent as possible about cleaning up your apple garden of fallen apples and pruning the trees of wounded apples. The other good news is that these Asian ladybugs can be disposed of without calling an exterminator. All you have to do is use a vacuum or a broom.
With just a bit of diligence, you can absolutely rid your home or garden of this ladybug pest!